Fish for trout of the highest calibre in Hardangervidda. Uvdal and Geilo in Hol make good bases for fishing adventures in Norway’s largest national park.
A myriad of fishing lakes, rivers and streams make Hardangervidda national park a wise choice for everyone who plans a fishing holiday in Norway – there is no trout about that! Apart from trout, you may get the odd char, minnow or whitefish on the hook.
Located on the eastern side of the park, Uvdal is Norway’s largest inland fishing municipality with countless rivers, lakes and ponds. Fishing in this area is steeped in history and tradition, and your visit is enhanced by the pristine nature with crisp mountain air, clear highland lakes and an extraordinary wildlife. Another recommended starting point for highland fishing in Hardangervidda is Geilo in the municipality of Hol, where you are surrounded by magnificent nature and wildlife.
In Norway, the national parks are always open – they are not fenced off and there are no entrance fees. Enjoying nature is considered a right since 1957, when the so-called Right of access (Allemansretten) was inscribed in Norwegian legislation.
Hardangervidda was given national park status in 1981 and is the largest national park in the country.
See also fishspot.no for more information about fishing in the Hardangervidda region.
You can buy a fishing licence online at inatur.no or from local tourist offices and selected shops. The licence is valid for certain areas and lakes, so make sure you get the licence you need.
From when the snow melts (usually in early June) to 30 September.
Go after that precious mountain trout by bike. Combine your fishing holiday with a cycling tour and experience Hardangervidda national park at its best. Follow the historic paths to viewpoints where you can take in the highland plateau in all its glory.
The paths can be unruly and rocky but you don’t need to be an advanced cyclist. The tour is suitable for most people who are up for an adventure in the wild.
These are the fish species you are most likely to meet on your fishing trip to Hardangervidda, including their names in Norwegian, German and Latin.
Ørret (Salmo trutta)
Brown Trout | Forelle
Size: 18–80 cm.
Weight: 1–3 kg + 15 kg
Ørekyte (Phoxinus phoxinus)
Minnow | Elritze
Size: 8–12 cm
Weight: 100 gram - 2,5 kg
Røye (Salvelinus alpinus)
Char | Saibling
Size: 15-75 cm.
Weight: 100 gram -3 kg
Sik (Coregonus lavaretus)
Whitefish | Felchen
Weight: 300-400 gram
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